We covered Acers two Android devices at last weeks show, but what in the world happened to its Windows Phone? Its easy to forget about the Acer Allegro because we havent seen it show up beyond the reaches of Asia and France, but we hunted one down at Mobile World Congress and snapped a few shots for posterity. Intended to tempt bargain hunters, the device offers a 3.6-inch WVGA display, 1GHz single-core Qualcomm MSM8255 CPU, 8GB internal storage, 5MP rear camera with LED flash and a 1,300mAh battery. It also features Fast Charge, which provides the Allegro with a full battery two and a half times faster than a standard Acer. On the unfortunate side, its also 13mm thick and lacks a front-facing shooter, which may be enough for the hardcore Windows Phone fan to lose interest. But if youre still reading on, feel free to gaze upon our pics below.
Budget handset manufacturer ZTE has unveiled it first own branded device of 2012 with the oddly named ZTE Tania landing as the companys first foray into Windows Phone territory.Sticking with its business plan of making budget phones with specs beyond their means the ZTE Tania will land with an array of innards similar to a host of pre existing Windows Phone 7 handsets but with a considerably lower price tag.ZTE Tania SpecsAdopting the latest rendition of the Windows Phone operating system the WP 7.5 Mango powered Tania is to boast an impressive 4.3-inch capacitive touchscreen with a price point leading 5-megapixel rear-mounted camera with LED flash.Expanding the handsets extensive list of features the Tania hosts the ability to act as a Wi-Fi hotspot, a feature that its leading Windows Phone competitor and smartphone great the Nokia Lumia 800 is unable to do.ZTE Tania Release DateWhilst the Chinese manufacturer has yet to announce an official ZTE Tania UK release date the company has revealed the device will be available for a little as £10 on contract with Virgin Mobile, Go Mobile and a leading specialist retailer to stock the device.Will a budget Windows Phone handset help kick the Microsoft made mobile OS to the next level? Let us know what you think via the comments box below
We can’t think of technology much more stylish than the live tile interface of Windows Phone. No surprise then that uber minimal German designer Jil Sander has jumped on board the good ship Windows Phone 7.5 and launched a sleek little handset built by LG.
Sander is well known for her extremely simple and minimalist, almost Kraftwerk-like approach to fashion, not dissimilar really to the Windows Phone 7 UI.
She also has a signature blue stripe which she likes to slap on her designs, which is featured here in her Windows Phone handset.
The decision to include up-to-date specs like Mango and a decent 1GHz processor is unusual for “fashion phones”; previous companies like Prada have tended to go more for looks rather than cutting edge technology.
Windows Phone is nothing without a juicy sweet display for all that live tile excitement, which the Jil Sander phone appears to have. It boasts a 3.8-inch 800 x 480 display, which whilst not quite AMOLED or IPS is decent enough.
On the back is a 5-megapixel camera with an LED flash and is capable of shooting 720p video. In the box you get a rather swish looking pouch for the handset as well as a “premium wired headset” with blue earbuds.
There is a bundled Jil Sander app included with the phone that allows you to do things like shop and locate stores as well as browse clothing collections.
The Jil Sander LG handset will go on sale in Germany, Austria, Italy, France and the UK from 7 October